Marcus design director Laura Berringer also snapped a few favorites from her visit to QuiltCon. Even better, back here in arctic NYC, she shows off the result of her workshop with the Gee’s Bend quilters, who were this year’s keynote speakers at QuiltCon as well as instructors. Laura was happy to share what was left of her Marcus charm pack with the legendary quilters that put Gee’s Bend, Alabama on the map! You can clearly see the influence of these African American fiber artists in the quilts that caught Laura’s eye, one of the roots of the Modern Quilt movement.
…You’ll find the perfect post-winter inspiration in the form of a quilt project by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith, mixing prints from VICTORIA PARK (by Karen Styles) and SOFTLY SPOKEN (by Harriet Hargrave). Its easy nine-patch construction and light color palette make it the perfect first project for spring.
Look for the April/May issue on newsstands beginning March 3, 2015. Instructions are included in the issue, and a fabric kit is available.
This morning we sifted through more than 130 Lucy Boston blocks created by our quilting friends who visited Pati & Vicki at our Road to California booth, enjoying the view just before choosing the TEN prize pack random winners. Thank you again to everyone who participated in our Lucy Boston Challenge. Your blocks will become part of our donation quilts for the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS, created by Quilter’s Dream Batting. Each year, the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS collects hundreds of quilts to be given to patients living with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a debilitating, paralyzing disease that is currently affecting over 35,000 people in the U.S. alone. The Challenge raises awareness about ALS, and 100% of the proceeds are used to fund research toward a cure for this terrible disease.
Pati looks on as our retail division president, Stephanie Dell ‘Olio, chooses the ten lucky blocks at random…Below, check out what each of the winners will get — the fabrics may vary, but still, what a great haul! (You never know what’s stashed away in Pati’s office…)
Lots of goodies for the winners!
And the winners are:
Sabrina Cowley of Orem, UT
Bonnie DeBusk of Las Vegas, NV
Lisa Jenni of Redmond, WA
JoAnna Larmore of Glendale, UT
Lillian Loyd of Stockton, CA
Emma Moore-Kochlacy of El Cajon, CA
Donna Nordstrom of Etiwanda, CA
Brenda Simoni of Lancaster, CA
Berta Stone of Olalla, WA
Melissa Turner of Phoenix, AZ
Congrats to all of the drawing winners! And stay tuned for more on our quilts for ALS!
Thanks to all of you who expressed your enthusiasm and creativity in discussing our NEW AGED MUSLINS. The winner of this generously swatched sample card is Karen Martin of Breezy Point, MN, who said:
I love the aged muslins and have mostly used them as backgrounds for stitchery, applique and occasionally in piecing. I also love the aged canvas–I’m using it for a background on a wool applique project and it supports the wool wonderfully. I’ve never tried the colors–they look yummy!
And it seems many of you have used (or plan to use) the New Aged Muslins in similar ways and in many others, like sashings, shirts, Log Cabins, mixed with repros, updated Amish-style quilts and more. We appreciate your input! ; ) — lisa
Quilting expert Rob Appell has just launched a new site called Mansewing.com, in conjunction with our friends at Missouri Star Quilt Company. Well, we were thrilled to learn that his premiere episode features our own NEW AGED MUSLINS, in a curved piecing tutorial.
If you’ve never done cured piecing, trust me, it’s sooo much easier without pins, as Rob demonstrates. So be sure to check out his site for some great mid-winter inspiration ; )
To mark the occasion of the launch, MSQC is offering a special FQ Bundle on these beauties.
Speaking of, stay tuned as we pick the winner of our New Aged Muslins swatch card giveaway, later today. Yes, there’s still a little time to get your comments in for a chance to win ; ) Enjoy! — lisa
This just in…Stephanie Dell’Olio, president and fearless leader of our retail division, couldn’t help but notice the spike in orders for NEW AGED MUSLINS, and in particular this gorgeous selection of green tones along the center of the swatch card. The muted, subtly shaded effect of these “not-quite-solid” muslins makes them perfect for life-like appliqued leaves and stems.
We already know that floral applique projects are big now, so in part that might explain it, but we always love to hear about your other creative uses for our basics. Applique? Backgrounds? Sashings? Fashion? Do you mix them with contemporary prints or reproductions, or maybe use them in place of true solids?
In fact, that would be a fun giveaway: Comment below to tell us how you’ve used our NEW AGED MUSLINS for the chance to win this swatch card (you’ll love this giveaway — the swatches are huge!) We’ll hold a random drawing next Tuesday, February 3!
What’s great about overdyeing is that it’s not only useful for drastic color changes – sometimes you just want to intensify a lighter shade, or “warm up” a fabric’s tone with a bit of yellow, or use a tan dye, applied unevenly, to give an aged effect, the perfect touch for reproduction quilts. Aren’t you just dyeing to try it?
A big THANK YOU to all of our quilting friends for participating in our Lucy Boston Challenge this weekend at the Road to CA event! With over 125 blocks completed this weekend, we appreciate your talents, comments and enthusiasm, and we can’t wait to unveil the finished project. Pati says, “Looks like we will be making a couple of quilts for the ALS donation. Thank you all that participated. I had the best time seeing how excited you all were to hand in your blocks.”
Check out our final collection of paper-pieced blocks below …and watch for the announcement of our ten lucky Prize Pack winners, too!
Wishing everyone safe travels home, especially those on the East Coast, in advance of the coming blizzard…including Pati!!
Amy Tangiguchi brought the 100th block to the booth, which earned her a special prize.
All stacked up – an impressive grouping!
Nancy brings in the 125th and final block!
Pati and Vicki make it to the end of the show! Congrats, girls!
The Lucy Boston blocks just keep on coming, and over 75 have been returned to the Marcus booth at Road to CA so far! Among them is a block made by our youngest quilting friend, Shayla Adams, 11, shown below. Coming to the show on Sunday? There’s still time to jion us! Not only have each of the participants earned a chance to win one of 10 quilter’s prize packs, but all of these pretty blocks will be joined into a quilt to be donated to ALS…stay tuned for further details..